"Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical damage that I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love, I must step away from the band. This is the most difficult decision of my life, made in the best interest of my family, myself, and the continued growth of Metallica. I extend my love, thanks, and best wishes to my brothers: James, Lars, and Kirk and the rest of the Metallica family, friends, and fans whom have made these years so unforgettable."
February 11, 2001
MacFarlane Toys releases Metallica action figures based on the band during the �And Justice For All era.
"We made the Beatles ... John Lennon isn't alive, and the Beatles are no longer together. So, Jason was with them for a long time, so it became not necessarily the true Metallica. It becomes the classic Metallica."
February 21, 2001
Metallica (with Michael Kamen conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra) win a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "The Call of Ktulu." Other nominees in category include Peter Frampton, Joe Satrini, Kenny Wayne Shepard Band, and Phish.